Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 80 reviews
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

LOVE this trail! It’s not too hard and the end view is beautiful, the tower is amazing! Totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fairly easy trail to hike. Steady climb but not difficult. Very nice views of the surroundings from the top.

2 months ago

Quick and easy hike to the top with one of the best views around

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, but the tower is locked, you can only look from the stairs.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was an easy clear climb to the top. Fire tower was a really cool feature. Completely engulfed in clouds while I was there but it made it a very surreal experience to climb up the tower in a cloud.

3 months ago

Great for beginners and an awesome view! Beautiful for sunsets as well.

4 months ago

Beautiful views from the Fire Tower. Nice road with a steep ascent.

4 months ago

Great for a short evening hike, I recommend going close to sunset on a clear day!

hiking
4 months ago

A nice hike up a rough gravel road. You can climb up the tower a bit. The cell phone tower detracts a bit from the experience.

5 months ago

Started at Pisgah Campground for a moderate out and back of approx. 6 mi. Made a mistake at the gate up to the fire tower, should follow the road to the left not the crushed gravel path straight ahead.

hiking
7 months ago

Great view. Up a gravel road. You can't get into the lookout tower, but most of the way up. If it's rainy /cloudy, wait at least five minutes and you might be rewarded with an amazing view.

Trail from mount pisgah campground (1.3 miles each way) is VERY overgrown.

8 months ago

Easy, fun trail. Tower is a little dizzying at first but offers good views of the parkway and Mount Pisgah. It's starting to get really popular so I'd suggest hitting the trail early if you want some solitude.

hiking
8 months ago

The climb up is a little harder if you're out of shape like me but it's so worth it! It's the most beautiful I've seen from 360 degrees.

9 months ago

Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

hiking
9 months ago

Not really a hike, but that's ok because I just wanted to see the scenery tonight..quick 10-15 min walk up a gravel road to the tower area..the wind was insane and was shivering cold at the top of tower but the views were AMAZING!!! Deff worth checking out, not to mention the beautiful blue ridge parkway drive!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view! Went with a group of friends around sunset and we all agreed it was one of the prettiest sunsets we'd ever witnessed. If you have the chance, make sure you get this hike in!

hiking
11 months ago

Love this hike! It's easy and straightforward and the views are amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice Hike up to the Fire Tower. Some Great views of Mt. Pisgah. Hiking a road all the way in.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice short hike and kid friendly. Forest service tower half way with terrific views. Loved it.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!

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